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Analysing Quantitative Data

Analysing Quantitative Data
Variable-based and Case-based Approaches to Non-experimental Datasets

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March 2015 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This innovative book provides a fresh take on quantitative data analysis within the social sciences. It presents variable-based and case-based approaches side-by-side encouraging you to learn a range of approaches and to understand which is the most appropriate for your research.

Using two multidisciplinary non-experimental datasets throughout, the book demonstrates that data analysis is really an active dialogue between ideas and evidence.  Each dataset is returned to throughout the chapters enabling you to see the role of the researcher in action; it also showcases the difference between each approach and the significance of researchers’ decisions that must be made as you move through your analysis.

The book is divided into four clear sections:

  • Data and their presentation
  • Variable-based analyses
  • Case-based analyses
  • Comparing and combining approaches

Clear, original and written for students this book should be compulsory reading for anyone looking to conduct non-experimental quantitative data analysis.

Part 1: Quantitative data: structure, preparation and analysis approaches
Chapter 1: Data structure
Chapter 2: Data preparation
Chapter 3: Approaches to data analysis
Part 2: Variable-based analyses
Chapter 4: Univariate analysis
Chapter 5: Bivariate analysis
Chapter 6: Multivariate analysis
Part 3: Case-based analyses
Chapter 7: Set-theoretic methods and configurational data analysis
Chapter 8: Cluster and discriminant analysis
Part 4: Comparing and communicating results
Chapter 9: Comparing and mixing methods
Chapter 10: Evaluating hypotheses, explaining and communicating results


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Provides a systematic approach to qualitative data analysis, good solid underpinning text.

Ms Amy Taylor
Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
February 4, 2015

Interesting and well informed.

Dr Claudia Sima
School of Sport,Tourism and Outdoors, University of Central Lancashire
October 27, 2015

Focus of the course has changed into qualitative data analysis

Mrs Ritie van Rooijen
Instituut Pedagogiek, Hogeschool Utrecht
September 4, 2015

Takes an interesting approach but the topics covered are a little basic and we need to go to a more advanced level of this course.

Dr Mark Ramsden
Department of Sociology, Cambridge University
February 10, 2016

I really enjoyed this approach and will add to the reading list.

Mr Martyn Edward Jarvis
Faculty of Business and Society, Department of Law, Accounting and Finance, University of South Wales
November 19, 2015

Quantitative analysis no longer part of the syllabus

Miss Alison Wadey
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, York St John University
February 3, 2015

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